Pocket power From capturing your latest sketch ideas, to enabling you to create fully rendered artwork, this painting app aims to do it all. Does it succeed?
What does the latest version of Procreate Pocket offer the artist on the go?
Savage Interactive released Procreate Pocket at the end of 2014. The iPhone version of Procreate was well received, with users making the most of the app’s 12 default brushes to paint on the go.
In the years since, artists have come to expect more from their creative apps, and so the developers have stepped up to the plate with version 2 of Procreate Pocket that, with its freshly written underlying code, may as well be a brand new app.
When it’s launched, you’re presented with a screen asking if you want to select a canvas from displayed examples, a user-created one, import an existing image, open a photo, or create a new canvas. New canvases can be created in various sizes up to a whopping 8K resolution.
Procreate Pocket 2 has a clean and minimally invasive interface that makes the most of the iPhone X’s larger screen, although it works well on smaller iPhone models, too. Basic tools are located at the top of the screen including a drop-down Modify menu. Two small tabs on the left control your brush’s size and opacity level.
The Modify menu items enables you to make changes to either the app or your image. The spanner icon opens the Actions menu where you alter how the app behaves, while the wand icon brings up the Adjustments menu. Here, art tweaks can be applied to layers or complete images. The S icon brings up the Selection menu, and the Arrow icon accesses transforming tools.
To start painting, select the brush on the top menu. You’re presented with
multiple drawing and painting tools that are arranged in 17 individual sets. Each set comprises multiple brushes – there are now 136 to choose from in the app – and brushes can be customised and saved. With a brush chosen select a colour using the far right circle icon. There are four ways of choosing colours, and colour palettes can be imported, too. Click the Layers icon to see all the image’s layers. You can add or turn on and off a layer’s visibility, create new layers, group layers and change blending modes.
Ready to start painting? With so many options the number of choices can seem overwhelming but really, you can start by picking a brush, a colour, and then just start getting creative.
The app contains many more advanced features, such as 64-bit colour, continuous auto-save, 250 undo levels, and recording your work in 30-second bursts for sharing online. Overall, a product of this maturity and quality is a rare thing. Artists who own an iPhone should make Procreate Pocket 2 their app of choice.
Alexandra Zutto, Jacquelin de Leon and Janice Sung show what’s possible in the new version of the app.
Aaron Griffin took time out from this concept art duties at Criterion Games to paint this gentle river scene.
There are four different methods of selecting colours in the app, including the Disc shown here. The Modify, Layers, and Adjustments dialogs are just a quick tap and a swipe away. There are several brushes to choose from within each general painting style, such as the Artistic category.